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Having bought a new trailer and a raft, I'm concerned about my stuff getting stolen. I live in Bozeman,MT and see everyone parking their raft/trailers on the side of the road. To me, it seem like it would be fairly easy to just hitch up and drive away. Does anyone use a hitch lock? My other concern is doing day/multi day floats and using a shuttle. Most of these places are fairly remote or out of the view from a main road. Is there any sufficient way to secure the trailer to my vehicle?
 

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Hitch locks and locking hitch pins if you use a removable receiver. Theft is almost always a matter of convenience, if someone really truly wants to steal your trailer, they're going to, but chances are no one is going to put the effort in to cut locks off.
 

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Hitch locks and locking hitch pins if you use a removable receiver. Theft is almost always a matter of convenience, if someone really truly wants to steal your trailer, they're going to, but chances are no one is going to put the effort in to cut locks off.

I use a hitch lock and a locking hitch pin on my trailer. That being said, I have had them rust shut or have lost the keys several times. It takes me less than a minute to cut the locks off with my cordless SawzAll.

I wish there was something more secure, but I think these are the best option. They just aren't very tough to defeat. Maybe put a game camera in the rear window to get a mugshot of the thief when/if it gets stolen.


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I have a fingerprint recognition system for my trailer.
If some one not in the system even touches my trailer, large metal spikes shoot out and pierce through there hands.
 

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Just make sure your trailer and gear are well insured and hope your never have a claim.
 

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Insurance...

Get someone you trust and start asking all the questions. It is amazing the cracks that are in the 15minute policy.

"So when my truck/camper/trailer with my rafts and my buddy's raft goes off the road...
Who pays for my buddy's raft?"

"So when my truck/camper/trailer goes off the road with a contracted shuttle driver who I signed my rights away to..."

"What is a Maravia/Saturn raft worth after 10 years?"

Make sure the person has been around a couple years and intends to be the one there for you when you call the next time.

As for leaving it on the side of the street in Bozeman, did it once. Seems to be the local style. It was the greek sector, ended up sleeping in the truck bed shooing away bar flies. Prefer a field in Gallatin Gateway.

Otherwise, daisy chain everything and make the knots look super tough to untangle.
 

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I used to leave nice flatbed trailer all over the west and Utah. A bright 1/2" or 5/8 orange chain through the tire and stake pocket lets people know it will be a PITA to cut. I used one of these when the trailer was left by itself. I put a few gun/hunting stickers on the toolbox trailer ( I do neither)....No one ever touched it
 

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I used a shackle style padlock for the receiver pin, that was sold for the purpose. When I lost the key, I figured I had a fight on my hands. It came apart like a 2 dollar suitcase. I switched styles and companies.

I lock trailer hitch and receiver, and figure if someone really wants it they are going to take it. I'm just not going to make it easy.
 

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I've lived in the bozeman area for 25 years and I've never even heard of a boat getting stolen...at least that I can recal. I'm sure it's happened but it's not common and there are lots around. As everyone else has said, make it difficult and the thief will move on to an easier target.

A friend did get his boat stabbed with a knife... He lived on the walk home from Barmuda.

The day I moved to bozeman, I had a driftboat, with a raft rolled up in it and a frame stacked on top. I also a canoe on the truck, none of them locked to anything. I rolled into town at 2 am, parked in front of my buddies house and crashed. I woke up at like 10, went outside and found that someone had stolen my turn signal.... They unscrewed 2 screws, cut the wire right below the plug connection (dick heads!). That's the only thing I've ever had stolen here, a turn signal. In PDX my truck was broken into 3 times in 6 weeks prior to my move.

The best security is to keep it in the garage, that's what I do most of the time. Otherwise I just use a padlock through the hitch lock and trust that it'll be there when I get back.
 

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I live in Bozeman and use the coupler lock or padlocks on my tow chains but also have three heavy security cables w/heavy locks to secure the frame, dry boxes, cooler, raft etc to the trailer. The security cables were quite inexpensive at Harbor Freight in Bozeman. My boat is in the garage usually but I worry about leaving the trailer & raft parked outside motels when traveling to various river trips.
 
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